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ROD VEAL, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Edison's Jessica Plaza is pumped as she nears the plate after hitting a three-run homer against Canyon in a CIF-SS playoff game Tuesday.

Edison bats too much for Canyon

OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHEIM HILLS - Canyon isn't used to playing in softball games like this, especially on its own field. Usually, the Comanches are the ones scoring all of the runs.

On Tuesday, though, Canyon got a chance to see how its opponents often feel as Edison batted around twice and blasted five extra-base hits, including a two-run home run from Jessica Plaza, to cruise to a 13-0 victory in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

The Chargers (19-4) play Orange Lutheran in a quarterfinal Thursday.

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“We were getting behind in the count, and when you do that against a good-hitting team, they are going to make you pay,” Canyon coach Dan Hay said. “We have played some good teams this year, and we don't do this, sit here and give up 10, 12 runs in game.”

In their past eight games, the Comanches (16-9) gave up 13 runs combined.

Carissa Sherman, the Chargers' No. 9 hitter, knocked in what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the second when her two-out single drove in Madison Hickman. Sherman went 3 for 4 and scored twice. Edison coach Josh Musselman called it her best performance of the season. “She is one of my go-to girls for stolen bases,” Musselman said. Sherman stole second twice. “And today she put her bat together.”

Sherman was one of four Chargers to finish with multiple hits. Mercedes O'Connor was 4 for 5 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.

Sammy Cordova, who brought a 0.87 ERA into the game, picked up her 13th victory for the Chargers. She had a no-hitter until she gave up a two-out double to Kelly Stowe in the fourth.

That was the only base runner the Comanches got into scoring position.

“Sammy is considered one of the best pitchers in the county, but I still think she is underrated,” Musselman said.

Contact the writer: ddottore@ocregister.com


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